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Together At The Farm

July 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 pm

Together At The Farm – UP Local Food Conference

Saturday July 30, 2016

All who eat are welcome!

Join us at the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan for the premiere UP Local Food Conference

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Conference Schedule

Conference Program

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2016 Sponsorship and Vendor Packet

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Keynote Speaker Eliot Coleman

ELIOT COLEMAN has been involved in organic farming since 1966. He has 50 years experience in field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of livestock, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower (Chelsea Green, rev. 1995), Four Season Harvest (Chelsea Green, rev. 1999), and The Winter Harvest Handbook (Chelsea Green, 2009), which has been translated into both French and German editions. He is also co-author of The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook (Workman, 2012). With his wife Barbara Damrosch he owns and operates Four Season Farm, a year-round market garden in Maine, where they produce exceptional food, study how to make their production practices more sustainable every year, and design scale-appropriate equipment to aid other small farmers in achieving greater efficiency. In 2016 Eliot received a lifetime Leadership Award from the James Beard Foundation.

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Eliot will be available for book signing during the conference – if you would like to pre-order one of his books they are available from the UP’s very own independently owned Snowbound Books at www.snowboundbooks.com. Some copies will be for sale at the event, but it’s best to pre-order! Snowbound books will have a bookstore set up at the event.

Nourishment provided by. . .

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For more information. . .

Contact Betsy with sponsorship and registration questions at braidbet@msu.edu or (517) 884-7081

Contact Michelle with conference questions at walkmich@msu.edu or (906) 440-4732

Educational Credits available. . .

This event qualifies for MAEAP Phase 1 educational credit.  Attendees will have completed the first step toward verification in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.

The afternoon session Understanding Policy to Support Local Food Systems qualifies for 3 Master Citizen Planner credits.

SCECH credits have been applied for.


The conference is hosted by:

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We would like to thank the following sponsors that have contributed at the indicated level:

Platinum Sponsors:


Silver Sponsors:

Michigan Milk Producers Association

Upper Peninsula Health Plan

Bronze Sponsors:

Energy Optimization

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

MSU College of Human Medicine

Morgan Composting, Inc.

Friend Sponsors:

Hiawathaland Farm Bureau


Northern Michigan University




July 30, 2016
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
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U.P. Food Exchange
906-225-0671 ext. 711


UP Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Drive
Chatham, MI 49816 United States
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